YMCA Growth

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

April 1, 2007

The Piedmont Family YMCA is rapidly growing and with that comes a few growing pains.

Five of the facility's swimmers made it to Swimming Nationals despite not having their own place to train. One of the problems that the Y faces is not having a place to house all of their activities.

"The YMCA's mission is to offer programs to all members of the community," said Shelley Remaly, Development Director at Piedmont Family YMCA. However, Shelley says that mission is hard to achieve for the Charlottesville Y.

"Our biggest challenge is not having one central facility that we can program as we know we need to to serve more community needs," said Remaly.

The Piedmont Family YMCA is on Westfield Road, but swimming classes are at Crow Pool on Rose Hill Drive, and basketball and lacrosse games are played at many area schools.

"We have a great relationship with Charlottesville city and Albemarle County to use their facilities, but we are scattered over a couple different sites," said Remaly.

They hope their relationship with the city of Charlottesville will grow stronger. They are asking the city to help them build in McIntire Park.

Right now, the Y is in the middle of a capital campaign to raise money to build a multi-purpose building in hopes that it will make them a stronger part of the community.

"We're really looking forward to the day in the near future when we have our own facility, and we'll be able to do the whole spectrum of Y programs, physical, non-physical programs, from the very young all the way up to senior citizens," said Remaly.

Until that day comes, Shelley said the Y will continue to serve the community as best they can.

The Y is only halfway to their financial goal of $14 million. The building plans will include an aquatic facility and plenty of multi-purpose space.

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